Next Pep Guardiola trusts Manchester City to resolve Financial Fair Play allegationsPep Guardiola hoped that Manchester City can solve the issues surrounding Financial Fair Play soon after UEFA opened investigation into alleged breaches by the club.advertisement Reuters ManchesterMarch 8, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 23:35 IST Pep Guardiola said he trusted Manchester City and hoped they can resolve the Financial Fair Play allegations soon. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSUEFA opened investigation into allegations of Financial Fair Play breaches against Manchester CityPep Guardiola said he trusted the club to resolve the matterCity host Watford in the Premier League on SaturdayThe Premier League said on Friday it had opened an investigation into alleged Financial Fair Play (FFP) breaches by champions Manchester City after UEFA had begun its own probe into the allegations.European soccer’s governing body opened a formal investigation into the alleged FFP violations on Thursday, a move City welcomed in a bid to end speculation surrounding the club’s sponsorship agreements.The FFP rules are intended to prevent clubs receiving unlimited amounts of money through inflated sponsorship deals with organisations related to the owners.”The Premier League has previously contacted Manchester City to request information regarding recent allegations and is in ongoing dialogue with the club,” the Premier League said in a statement.”The league has detailed financial regulations and strong rules in the areas of Academy player recruitment and third-party ownership.”We are currently investigating these matters and will allow Manchester City every opportunity to explain the context and detail surrounding them.”Manager Pep Guardiola was asked on Friday whether he was concerned his achievements at City would be tainted by the allegations, but he told reporters: “No, absolutely not.”The club made a statement, so I can’t add more than that. The club are open, hopefully it can finish as soon as possible.”I trust a lot what the club has done, because I know them and hopefully they can solve it as soon as possible.”German publication Der Spiegel reported in November that City’s Abu Dhabi owners inflated sponsorship agreements in order to comply with FFP requirements.advertisementCity’s statement on Thursday said accusations of financial irregularities were entirely false.City host eighth-placed Watford on Saturday and Guardiola hailed their manager Javi Gracia, who looks set to lead them to their best-ever finish in the Premier League.”It’s incredible what he’s done, one of the toughest games we had,” Guardiola, who was voted February’s Premier League manager of the month, said.”In the last nine games, they have physicality, quality one-on-one, strong in the air, well organised… what he’s done has been incredible.”Also Read | UEFA opens investigation into Manchester City over Financial Fair PlayAlso Read | UEFA justifies PSG penalty decision in VAR explanationFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Pep GuardiolaFollow Manchester CityFollow Financial Fair PlayFollow Premier league
Colombo: Sri Lanka’s chief prosecutor on Friday announced charges against a top prison officer and an elite commando for the killing of 27 inmates in a notorious rights case. Attorney General Dappula de Livera said he wanted a special fast track trial for Prisons Commissioner Emil Lamahewage and police commando Moses Rangajeewa over the execution-style killings in November 2012. A third suspect who was a member of a prison intelligence unit was on the run, Dappula de Livera said. Commandos were used to put down a riot at the Welika jail in Colombo and disarm inmates who had taken weapons from the armoury. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonAccording to Dappula de Livera’s account, eight prisoners were called out by name and killed execution-style. Weapons were later introduced to make it look like the victims had tried to fire at jail guards, according to court documents made available to AFP. The documents did not mention any command responsibility for the deaths. Media reports have said the killings were ordered by the then defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse.